Sometimes it would be so much easier if there was a fast-action way how to declutter at the snap of our fingers, but unfortunately, there is not. But good news, I still have help to send your way. Simple quick action tips that will help you to get a room cleaned out and cleaned up fast. This is my unique approach to how to declutter a room in a day that will help you to get your home guest-ready when you are limited on time.
Before we dive in, let me just say this topic goes against everything I teach here on Declutter in Minutes. Slow and steady is always my approach when it comes to cleaning out a room, but I also totally get it when it might be necessary. Out of the blue situations that might pop up needing a full room quick clutter cleanout in record time. Let’s say, for example, your mother-in-law is coming tomorrow for a visit. Yes, that really would make it absolutely necessary to get that clutter picked up and put away just as quickly as possible.
In that case, I have 7 clutter quick tips that you can use to get that cluttered room, guest-ready in a single day.
How to Declutter a Room in a Day
Clutter Quick Tip #1. Do the Three Core Steps
If you are new to my declutter in minutes approach, this concept might seem a bit foreign. But get ready to have your world blown. More often than not what we think is clutter is really just stuff that needs to be put away. If we went into the room right now that you are looking to clean up, about 90% of all that stuff that may look like clutter is actually just things that need to be put away.
And the three core steps are meant to do just that. Get the stuff put away just as quickly as possible. Let’s break them down one at a time.
- Core Step 1. Remove the trash
- Core Step 2. Remove the recyclables
- Core Step 3. Gather up anything that belongs in another room.
To be fair, step # 3 is probably where you will see the most impact. I like to use a clothes basket for this step, especially a flexible one. Not only is it easy to carry it can hold a vast array of the most random items. Just what you need for a job like this.
This one step works so well, in fact, that I use it throughout the week to keep the clutter down and under control as much as possible. It takes just a few minutes and can easily be worked into a room reset making a huge impact with minimal effort. It is what I call my secret clutter-free weapon. Putting things all the way away.
Wait, what does “all the way away” mean?
It means putting things back into their home as soon as you are done using them.
- Instead of putting the dirty glass next to the sink, you put it in the dishwasher. All the way away.
- Instead of leaving the remote for the television on the couch, you put it into the holder on the coffee table. All the way away.
- Instead of leaving your purse on the kitchen counter, you put it on the hook in the mudroom. All the way away.
It might just be the easiest way to keep your home looking neater.
Action Task: Walk the room and gather up any trash and recyclables. when you are done, walk the room again and gather up anything that belongs in another space. Finally, take those “put away” items and put them where they belong.
Clutter Quick Tip #2. Focus on What is Out
Visual clutter can give a really bad first impression to an otherwise great and comfortable room. Even if it is supposed to be “out” it can still give an appearance of messy. What is the quick fix to this dilemma? Create a landing spot for the things you would rather have out so it is easier for you and your family to use them.
A few ideas are:
Extra Bathroom Supplies – A basket on the back of a toilet.
Hats, Gloves, Mittens – A closet door organizer works great to hold these items.
Vitamins and/or Supplements – A pretty glass tray on a counter works great.
Mail or School Papers – A shallow basket is a good solution.
Remote Controls – A coffee table bin or organizer.
Bread, Snacks, or Rolls – A bread basket on a kitchen counter.
Extra Cozy Blankets – Use an oversized basket to toss them in.
Throw Pillows – A large basket works great to hold them.
When you can set up baskets, trays, even bins to hold things you use every day, it allows you to leave your things out for easier access while eliminating that cluttered look.
Action Plan: Grab a few baskets to hold the things that you want to stay out and put them closest to where you use them.
Clutter Quick Tip #3. Do a Quick Clean
Let’s face it, dirt is the worst kind of clutter there is. Dust on a table, lint on the couch, crumbs on a floor. It can give a messy feel to a room with just one glance.
If you are looking to unclutter a room in a day, cleaning is an essential part. But don’t worry, now that you have removed most of the stuff that is lying out, cleaning will be a snap. I find that using gravity on my side makes cleaning a much simpler task. Start high dusting where you can and work your way down to the floor finishing up with a good sweep or vacuum.
What can take 20-40 minutes in a cluttered room should take a fraction of that once you have the clutter put away and gone.
Action Task: Clean your clutter-free room dusting and sweeping for a visual spruce up.
Clutter Quick Tip #4. Brighten Up Your Room
Now that you have tackled the biggest issues in your room take it one step further and let in the light. Open up the curtains and pull up the blinds. Check the bulbs in your lights and replace them if needed. Put out a fresh candle or a vase of flowers. Just a few quick things that can make a huge difference in a room.
Action Task: Brighten up the room and give it a more inviting feel in just a few minutes.
Clutter Quick Tip #5. Now Keep it That Way
One of the biggest issues, when you clean out a room, is the difficult task of keeping it free of clutter going forward. If we are not careful, we may find our newly cleaned-out areas messed up again in just a few short days. But what can you do to keep that from happening to you?
” Be sure to always put your things all the way away. “
If you adopt only one new habit in all of this, I hope putting your things away…all the way away…is it. Each time you do you will have one less item left out. And the fewer items you have left out, the neater your rooms will be going forward.
When it comes to decluttering a room in a day, it can be quite a daunting task. But with these 5 tips, you might find yourself doing what you once thought was impossible. Keep your eye on the goal of keeping your things put away and you will see your entire home transform before your eyes.